I was digging through my CD’s a few weeks back, when I came across this gem from Megadeth. I haven’t listened to Hidden Treasures in well over a decade and let me tell you, it still rocks and might even rock harder than ever before. Originally released in 1995, Hidden Treasures is a eight-song EP of tracks from compilations and soundtracks.
Kicking it off right is a cover of the Alice Cooper classick “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” Mustaine is cocky and cool and definitely gives justice to, in my mind, a truly untouchable song. “Angry Again” from the Last Action Hero soundtrack still ranks in my top five Megadeth offerings. The catchy chorus will forever be imprinted in your brain.
The covers of Black Sabbath’s “Paranoid” and the Sex Pistols “Problems” are also top notch, as Megadeth proves to be one of Thrash’s Titans. “Go To Hell” taps into rival Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” with the ” now I lay me down to sleep” prayer (we all know who came out on top on this one).
Each track features, also in my opinion, Megadeth’s most efficient lineup with Mustaine, Dave Ellefson, Nick Menza and Marty Friedman. This is definitely a must have for all fans of Megadeth. It has been out of print for awhile but you can easily find a used or import copy (features 4 bonus tracks) out there. Search for it , you will not be disappointed.
- “No More Mr. Nice Guy”
“Go To Hell”
“99 Ways to Die”
Hidden Treasures on Amazon.com
By Peter O’Brien
Rust In Peace is a pinnacle album not only in the history of Megadeth, but also the speed/thrash metal genre. Certainly a musical achievement for the band, it is a near-flawless album often ranked in the top five of its genre and number one among fans in their discography. It is also the first Megadeth album to feature Nick Menza on Drums and Marty Friedman on guitar, creating their longest and most stable lineup to date. The album was released on Capitol Records in the fall of 1990. A remastered version was released in 2004 featuring four bonus tracks including demos of “Rust In Peace…Polaris,” “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due,” and “Take No Prisoners.” The re-issue also features new vocal tracks on several songs since the originals were lost.
The album lyrically deals with themes of warfare, politics, and the environment (“Holy Wars…,” “Take No Prisoners,” “Dawn Patrol,” “Rust In Peace…”), personal experience (“Poison Was The Cure,” “Tornado Of Souls”), and the supernatural (“Hangar 18,” “Five Magics,” “Lucretia”). Musically the band has a lot more focus and their transitions are much smoother than their earlier efforts, which have almost an over indulgent, jazz quality to them. The beginning of Mustaine’s growth as a songwriter and arranger is quite evident on this album, an attribute of his that became more refined on later albums, but with not as great a balance. The album also features encompassing artwork by Ed Repka (Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying) showing Vic Rattlehead conducting a secret meeting at hanger 18 involving the leaders of the five major world powers at the time. This marks the last time Vic would appear on a Megadeth album cover for the next ten years.
In 1992 Megadeth released their commercial breakthrough album Countdown To Extinction, which rivaled the then unstoppable Black Album, released the previous year by Mustaine’s former band Metallica. It was those two albums that marked a change in the waters for the genre both bands had pioneered throughout the nineteen-eighties. If metal was to survive in the rapidly expanding alternative landscape the songs would have to be shorter, catchier, and cleaner; to put it bluntly — watered down. You could chalk it up to musical evolution, maturity, growth as artists; not that there weren’t great songs on those and subsequent albums, but the genre had begun to change. The title Rust In Peace is sort of coincidently prolific considering its place in music history and the immediate future of the metal genre in the nineteen-nineties.
- “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”
- “Hangar 18”
- “Take No Prisoners”
- “Five Magics”
- “Poison Was The Cure”
- “Tornado Of Souls”
- “Dawn Patrol”
- “Rust In Peace…Polaris”
Be sure to check out Peter O’Brien’s thrash metal documentary “Riphouse 151: Could’ve Been’s & Wanna Be’s” which is currently on the festival circuit.
Personally, one of the hardest tasks for me to do is to pick my favorite Ramones album. I can cheat and say my favorite is All The Stuff and More Vol 2 because technically it is. I just won’t do that, so to clear myself of future regret, I’m going to review ONE of my favorites. Road to Ruin, I feel offers some of the New York icons best work. RTR was released in September of 1978 and still to this day holds the test of time. From start to finish, RTR offers different types of songs rather the old “1-2-3-4” that The Ramones got famous, or infamous for. The bittersweet “Questioningly” tells the story of a tortured man yearning for a lost love, to someone he knew along time ago. “I Wanna Be Sedated” is still a staple in classic rock stations across the country that listeners can’t help but sing along to. The Sonny Bono “Needles & Pins” also shows up on RTR and the Ramones actually make it better. This is their first album with Marky Ramone taking the throne, replacing drummer Tommy Ramone. Tommy actually stayed on to co-produce the album. RTR was re-released and remastered featuring bonus live tracks and demos in 2001. If you do not have this album, you should get it immediately or start praying for your rock and roll soul. It’s not a great way to introduce yourself to The Ramones but a great way to explore the boundaries that they subliminally broke -NZA
- “I Just Want to Have Something to Do”
- “I Wanted Everything”
- “Don’t Come Close”
- “I Don’t Want You”
- “Needles & Pins”
- “I’m Against It”
- “I Wanna Be Sedated”
- “Go Mental”
- “She’s the One”
- “Bad Brain”
- “It’s a Long Way Back”
- “I Want You Around (Ed Stasium version)”
- “Rock n’ Roll High School (Ed Stasium version)”
- “Blitzkreig Bop/Tennage Lobotomy/California Sun/Pinhead/She’s The One (Live)”
- “Come Back She Cried AKA I Walk Out(Demo”
- “Yea,Yea (Demo)”
PS: Just a side note — Dee Dee wrote “Questioningly” about Joey, Linda, and Johnny. If you don’t know the story see End of the Century
Once upon a time, in the early 90’s, there was an alt-metal group that dominated MTV and radio airplay with a pioneering sound and vision far ahead of the industry standard. With music videos depicting a distressed flopping fish out-of-water and a piano blown up with dynamite, something different was brewing in the declining age of glam metal. The band was Faith No More featuring Mike Patton’s bizarre vocal ranges and melodies, Jim Martin’s blazing guitars, Bill Gould’s funk-a-delic bass grooves, classically trained Roddy Bottum’s keyboards, and Mike “Puffy” Bordin’s thunderous percussion.
The Real Thing, released on June 20, 1989, is a transitional album for the band as vocalist Chuck Mosley (“We Care A Lot”) left the band citing creative differences. Patton stepped in very shortly after and provided the appropriate vision that the band sought. The resulting tracks that are now legendary and highly influential to the nü-metal movement of the mid-90’s and today’s modern rock genre, include “Epic,” “Falling To Pieces,” From Out of Nowhere,” “Surprise! Your Dead!,” and “The Real Thing.”
The legacy of The Real Thing consists of the daring fusion of heavy metal, hip-hop, funk, jazz, punk, and progressive rock that many bands today try to emulate. FNM’s music of the early 90’s had no defined boundaries which enabled them to reach a pinnacle that only a small elite group of bands will ever experience. While, FNM has announced a reunion tour for this summer, they will be without Martin’s guitars—a flaw that must be corrected to bring back the full brilliance of the band.
- “From Out of Nowhere”
- “Falling To Pieces”
- “Surprise! Your Dead!”
- “Zombie Eaters”
- “The Real Thing”
- “Underwater Love”
- “The Morning After”
- “Woodpecker From Mars”
- “War Pigs”
- “Edge of the World”
Released on Slash Records & produced by Matt Wallace and Faith No More.
It was the album to put L.A. Glam on the map—Mötley Crüe not only started a scene they piggybacked its ingredients. Snotty songs about rocking, rolling, f*cking, and fighting, Too Fast For Love
still to this day packs the same punch it did when it first dropped. Costing a mere $7,000, TFFL
caught the eye of many a label and it soon became another fight to make Mötley Crüe what they are today.
The record was originally released in 1981 on the independent label Leathur Records and then self-promoted until Elektra decided that this money making machine was about to take off. Re-released and re-recorded in 1982, TFFL was an instant success and made the local boys full time rock stars. Here’s a track listing and a brief description of each:
- “Live Wire” – Mick Mars’ shredding on this only made it a classic. The old 1-2 punch if you will (VIDEO).
- “Come on and Dance” – basically a LA version of a New York Dolls’ inspired song. great backup vocals
- “Public Enemy #1” – another song about one of Motley’s favorite passtime : fighting
- “Merry-Go-Around” – awesomely creepy tune about a man in an asylum ready to come home and claim his woman
- “Take Me to The Top” – Tommy Lee’s driving beat and Mick Mars chopping blues complement Vince Neil’s howl on the Nikki Sixx lyric make this a great team effort
- “Piece of Your Action” – sexual domination backed by rock n roll bliss: classick!
- “Starry Eyes” – beautiful yet sleazy, a nice Motley type love song
- “Too Fast For Love” – of course this one rocks, it’s the title track! To sum it up, get yours before i gets mine
- “On With The Show” – a beautiful suicide note thankfully not acted on. I still get the chills on this one
A beautiful introduction to a band—it’s not just punk and it’s not just rock, it’s life. -Nza
Back in 1987, a fourth grader that lived down the block from me snuck a taped copy of I’m The Man EP into my room. That was the first moment that the thrash door officially opened for me. We must have listened to the explicit version of the Rap Metal crossover parody “I’m The Man” 20 times that day. We could not turn it up too loud because the opening lyric contained the offensive term for excrement, and surely my parents would not approve of their first grade closet metal head hearing such lewd content.
Before Anthrax teamed up with Public Enemy for “Bring The Noise,” Anthrax decided to construct one of the first Rap Metal songs ever using a heavy guitar riff of Hava Nagila, samples of Sam Kinison’s signature yell, James Hetfield’s “Master!” and bassist Frank Bello throwing a shout-out to Rodney Dangerfield’s Easy Money during the chorus.
The I’m The Man EP also features a cover of the Black Sabbath classic “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” which is just as perfect, if not better than Bruce Dickinson’s version with Godspeed from Nativity in Black: A Tribute To Black Sabbath. Anthrax throws in a few bars of “Sweet Leaf” at the end of their version [If you would like to hear the worst cover version of “Sabbath Bloody Sabbath,” check out the one that The Cardigans did in 1994—actually I sort of like it but then again, I think Abba’s infectious melodies and unicorns kick ass].
The EP rounds out with two live Anthrax classics “Caught In A Mosh” and “I am the Law” which is a tribute to comic hero Judge Dred (not the Sylvester Stallone movie). Many teens know “Caught” today because of its inclusion in Guitar Hero.
It is time to resurrect this bad ass EP so grab the old tape from your parent’s basement, brush off the dust, and enjoy the 25 minutes of Metal pleasure as you experience the pioneering and mocking of Rap Metal.
“I’m The Man [Censored]”
“I’m The Man [Explicit]”
“Sabbath Bloody Sabbath” [Black Sabbath cover]
“I’m The Man [Live]”
“Caught In A Mosh [Live]”
“I Am The Law [Live]”